Here was the last of 9 lbs of sugar peas I planted from seeds - old seeds I had. We have been eating them pod and all until last week. I saved some for fall planting. I shelled the hard dry ones for later. It was easy to grow these and the bees love the flowers. These peas will become a regular planting from now on. Still on the fence with my sweet corn battle. I have grown corn for 4 years. This is the first year with bees. I hope they pollinate this time.
I happened to find this huge black beetle pondering across my neighbors basement floor. She almost weighed as much as a full spool of quilting thread and was the size of the palm of my hand. She is a black rain beetle and is a rare find indeed. They take 13 years to mature and both sexes emerge just before rain and fall to mate then burrow underground again. The female does not fly only the male, so that was why she was walking in the basement. She was the neatest bug I have found yet. I set her outside to find a mate in the woods.